Google deemphasizes author bylines and credentials as SEO signal

Google: Author Bylines Are Not an SEO Signal

Google recently weighed in on an interesting passage from its recent Search Rater Guidelines, shooting down yet another idea that search engines use a bunch of checklists that webmasters can check off on their way to guaranteed online prominence. This time, the idea was that Google promoted or demoted webpages based on how they displayed Read more about Google: Author Bylines Are Not an SEO Signal[…]

Tips for creating tables in legal blog posts

Tips for Using Tables in a Legal Blog Post

There will come a time where you want to add a table to your law firm’s website. Whether you’re a criminal defense attorney and you want to list the penalties of a conviction for murder and manslaughter so they can be compared, or you are a personal injury lawyer who wants to break down the Read more about Tips for Using Tables in a Legal Blog Post[…]

Detecting and defending against negative SEO and the backlink blitz

How to Disavow Links and Fight the Backlink Blitz

As search engines have developed, it has become far more difficult to trick them into thinking that your law firm’s website is more relevant and important for certain searches than it actually is. Tricking search engines into promoting a website in the rankings is black hat search engine optimization (SEO). Now that it’s become more Read more about How to Disavow Links and Fight the Backlink Blitz[…]

How to measure your law firm website's reputability

How to Gauge Your Law Firm Website’s Reputability

In our last blog post, we discussed the best way to use anchor text for external links. Like many legal issues, the answer began with “well, it depends.” The linchpin in this case, though, revolves around whether your law firm’s website is considered “reputable” by search engines. Here are some clues you can use to Read more about How to Gauge Your Law Firm Website’s Reputability[…]

Anchor text for external links can be used like lemons

Best Practices for Anchor Text in External Links, and Some Negative SEO

You know that creating external links from your legal blog post is a big part of the process. You also know that the anchor text you use for your links can have a significant impact on your site’s search engine optimization (SEO) score and its rankings in targeted searches, because search engines use the text Read more about Best Practices for Anchor Text in External Links, and Some Negative SEO[…]

Google Ignores Next Previous Tag

Writing a Blog Series, Now that Google Ignores the Next/Previous Tag

Google recently announced that it no longer looked at a certain line of computer code to determine whether an article was only one installation in a serious of posts. The announcement, however, came years after they had made the decision to ignore the code. The developments can impact your law firm’s SEO, especially if you Read more about Writing a Blog Series, Now that Google Ignores the Next/Previous Tag[…]

The role of search engines in online marketing

The Role of Search Engines in Online Marketing

People facing legal problems and in need of an attorney frequently turn to the internet to find the lawyer they need. According to one survey from 2014, more legal clients got online to find an attorney than asked a friend or relative for a referral. In the years since that survey, the gap has likely Read more about The Role of Search Engines in Online Marketing[…]

Search Engine Marketing Arms Race

Referral Agencies Break Local SEO Box, So Google Tweaks the Algorithm

The online legal marketing world was overrun last week with news that lead generating agencies had taken over the local SEO listings for searches related to car accidents. The news broke just after we had published our blog on Google’s patent that could track a site’s click-through-rate and alter future rankings, though, so we scheduled Read more about Referral Agencies Break Local SEO Box, So Google Tweaks the Algorithm[…]

Another domino has fallen in the SEO CTR controversy

A New Wrinkle in the CTR Controversy: Google Has a Patent

Some of our recent blog posts have discussed the resurrection of a controversy over whether Google uses click-through-rate (CTR) to rank all future queries, or just adaptive searches. The controversy is not a new one, but Google’s response to the new concerns only promoted skepticism. Now, online marketing researchers have discovered that Google has a Read more about A New Wrinkle in the CTR Controversy: Google Has a Patent[…]

Google Statement Click Through Rate SEO

Google’s Statement on CTR Controversy Only Promotes Skepticism

Last week, we wrote about the ongoing controversy over whether click-through-rate (CTR) impacts rankings, and how we thought adaptive search concepts dissolved the dispute. Since that post aired, though, Google has made a statement that raises eyebrows, seeds more doubt, and says so much because it says so very, very little. The Controversy: Does CTR Read more about Google’s Statement on CTR Controversy Only Promotes Skepticism[…]

Our baseball searches highlight adaptive search and CTR's impact on ranking

Click-Through-Rate, Rankings, and Adaptive Search

A poorly-worded document has resurfaced and rekindled a long-standing controversy in the world of search engine optimization (SEO) concerning whether a site’s click-through-rate (CTR) in the results page alters its future ranking. Background: CTRs and SERPs and Rankings Recall that the search engine results page (SERP) is simply the screen that you get when you Read more about Click-Through-Rate, Rankings, and Adaptive Search[…]